Thought for the month – September 2019

No doubt many of us are thinking about new beginnings this September with a new school year. Perhaps we have plans, hopes and ambitions for how this year will be different and better than in the past. The Bible talks about a number of new beginnings.

The very start of the Bible states, ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.’ Despite what others in the world try to tell us, God was in control from the beginning and still holds the universe, and everything that happens within it, in his hands.

In John 1:1 we read, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ The Word is the Lord Jesus who was there at the start and who is ‘the same yesterday and today and for ever.’ Heb 13:8. Whatever may befall us in the year ahead, He will never change and will never leave us or forsake us if we have put our trust in Him.

But the perfect world that God created was spoilt in the Garden of Eden, and has been ever since, so we need a new beginning – cleansing and forgiveness from the only one who is able to give this to us, the Lord Jesus through his death on the cross. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.’ 2 Cor 5:17. Whatever we may hope to achieve in the next academic year, it is only through the change that Jesus gives that we can make any real difference. Do you need a new beginning this year, with Jesus at the centre?

Jo Leftley